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Paul Dalglish

Paul Dalglish
Norwich Career: 1999-2001 (48 appearances, 2 goals)
Current Club: Ottawa Fury (Head Coach) (Canada)
Date of Birth: 18/02/1977
Nationality: Scottish

Biography

The son of former Celtic,Liverpool and Scotland international striker and later Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle manager Kenny Dalglish, Paul joined Norwich on loan from Newcastle on 25th March 1999 (transfer deadline day). Paul followed his father's footsteps and began his career at Celtic before joining Liverpool. He made no league appearances for either side before moving to join his father at Newcastle. He made his league debut whilst on loan to Bury but did not fit into Ruud Gullit's plans for Newcastle, once he had replaced Kenny Dalglish as manager. Although injuries curtailed his appearances at Carrow Road whilst on loan, he was positive about the prospects of joining the club.

Paul eventually signed for the Canaries on Friday 21st May for a fee of 300,000, rising to 500,000 on appearances. Paul scored Norwich's first goal of the 1999/2000 season on the opening day of the season at West Bromwich Albion and his initial form earned him a regular spot in the Scotland Under 21 side.

The good form was not to last and his inability to impress when chosen for the first team led to speculation that Paul will be heading out of Carrow Road. If he was to make further appearances taking his total to 50, Norwich would owe Newcastle further money as part of the original transfer agreement. Second Division Bury were linked with a move for Dalglish whilst Luton entered the frame in January 2001 with suggestions of a loan move to Kenilworth Road.

Paul eventually joined Wigan on loan on 22nd March 2001 with an understanding that Norwich would not obstruct a permanent move if Wigan and Dalglish agreed with one another. Two sendings-off in consecutive matches over the Easter period blotted Paul's copybook with Wigan but manager Steve Bruce suggested that he would be keen to sign Paul permanently. Paul returned to Wigan in August 2001 initially training with them before signing for them on a free transfer on 24th August 2001.

At the end of March 2002, Wigan released him. April 2002 saw him called up into Berti Vogt's Scottish practice squad for uncapped players. He then headed for the USA for a trial with Washington's DC United, managed by Brit Ray Hudson. Paul then resurfaced back in Lancashire in mid-July 2002 having unsucessful trials with both Preston and Burnley. After a trial with Peterborough, Dalglish returned to Lancashire to trial with his father's old teammate Steve McMahon's Blackpool and he played in two pre-season friendlies against Athletico Madrid and Morecambe. McMahon appeared impressed with Dalglish's versatility in that he could play up front or out wide. Paul signed a one year contract with Blackpool on 9th August 2002 and scored his first goal for his new club in their second match of the season which finished a 5-2 win against Luton.

The Sun reported on 19th November 2002 that Dalglish had been spotted in a passionate embrace with model Katie Price, better known as Jordan. Jordan has had flings with other footballers, including Dwight Yorke who is allegedly the father of her baby Harvey.

In March 2003, the Sun reported that Paul had quit Blackpool for a contract with American side Dallas Burn of the MLS (Major League Soocer). In reality, he played a trial game for the Burn against the New York Metrostars in which he scored twice in a 3-0 win. However they opted instead to pursue their interest in other strikers including Hungarian international Gabor Torma, Honduran Milton Nunez, Barbadian Gregory Goodridge - once of Bristol City, and Middlesborough's Brazilian Arturo Bernhardlt.

On returning to England, Paul was loaned out to Scunthorpe on March 20th 2003 where he competed with Robert Taylor and Paul Hayes for a position up front. He stayed with the Iron until they were knocked out of the Third Division play-offs at the semi-final stage against Lincoln. On returning to Bloomfield Road, he discovered that he had been released by Blackpool and is seeking a new club again. Paul's search took him to Northern Ireland in July 2003 where he trained with Linfield. This materialised into a contract with the Irish side a few days later. Paul's Irish adventure lasted until mid-October 2003 when the two parties agreed to a parting of the ways. Due to business commitments, Dalglish was unable to make the regular journeys across the Irish Sea to attend training. Linfield opted to replace him with more dependable players.

On 21st January 2004, it was reported that Paul had signed for Italian side Modena. On 29th April 2004, it was reported that Paul was training with Tranmere but that there were no plans for them to sign him. Paul then had a regular spot on Sky Sports' Soccer AM show - his sister also works for Sky.

Paul joined Luton Town on trial in July 2005 but joined Scottish side Livingston the following month. Paul transferred to Hibs on 31st January 2006.

In August 2006, Paul quit Hibs to sign for American side Houston Dynamo of the MLS. Paul had found first-team opportunities limited after injury hampered his progress. Hibs boss Tony Mowbray said: "It is not as if Paul was unhappy at our club. He simply wanted to go and play, so we were not going to stand in his way. He had become frustrated sitting on the bench so we allowed him to go." Dalglish made five starts, plus 11 appearances as a substitute, scoring one goal for the Edinburgh club

On November 5, 2006, the Dynamo defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 in the Western Conference final to earn a spot in its first MLS Cup as the Houston Dynamo. Dalglish scored twice and was named Man of the Match. Dalglish then spent a frustrating season curtailed by injury and needed an ankle operation last August.

In January 008, Paul was released by the Dynamo and embarkedon a three day trial with Ipswich Town. After trialling with League One side Leeds United and playing in a reserve game for them on 13th February 2008, he had talks with a few clubs in February 2008 including Scottish club Kilmarnock, with whom he signed a contract till the end of the season. His spell with Kilmarnock was plagued with injuries and Paul left the club retiring from playing football.

Dalglish began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Houston Dynamo Academy, simultaneously acting as Director of the amateur Space City Futbol Club and running his Bravehearts soccer camps in Houston.

On 18th November 2009, Paul was appointed manager of the Tampa Bay Rowdies football team that play in the USA's second division.- the USL First Division. He is following in his father's footsteps as Kenny was a successful manager with Liverpool. The Rowdies were formed in 2008 and are due to join the USL First Division in 2010.

He parted company with them on 23rd September 2010 when a 3-0 defeat to Montreal left the Florida side unable to reach the play-offs

He became director of soccer at Dynamo Juniors in Austin, a satellite academy for the Houston Dynamo with links to Liverpool. On 16th November 2011, he was appointed head coach of the Austin Aztex, a new francihse (albeit with an old name) in the USL Premier Development League. He will retain his coaching role with the Dynamo Juniors. The Austin Aztex won the USL Premier Development League in 2013, beating Thunder Bay Chill 3-1 in the final on 4th August 2013. Dalglish was named the league's coach of the year.

In January 2014, Dalglish joined MLS side Real Salt Lake as assistant coach. He returned to the Aztek as Head Coach on 4th August 2014. The Aztek will play in the USL Pro Division (a division higher that the USL Premier Development League). “We are thrilled about Paul’s return to Austin,” said Aztex owner, Rene van de Zande. “He is very familiar with the Austin soccer landscape and we see in Paul a very talented and energetic coach with strong leadership capabilities. This made him the perfect fit for a franchise that has high ambitions in a fast growing market. Paul has soccer in his DNA and an ability to identify and work with young talent, another quality we were looking for in our coach. It is for these reasons we offered Paul a long term contract to give him the time to help us build the franchise and reach our short and long term goals.”

“My family and I are extremely excited to be coming back to Austin,” Dalglish said. “The challenge of leading the Aztex in their inaugural year in the professional ranks was one I couldn’t refuse. I will work tirelessly to help build a team that our supporters including Eberly’s Army and the City of Austin will be proud of, a team that will be willing to fight for their lives to defend the Aztex jersey whilst also playing the beautiful game in an attractive, exciting manner. I will be sad to leave the fantastic players and staff that have become friends behind in Salt Lake City. They have made me a better coach and a better person. Finally, I’d like to thank the ownership group at the Austin Aztex for putting their trust in me to lead the team and for providing me with the tools necessary to be successful.”

With the Aztex's decision to miss the 2016 season of the USL, Dalglish left and became manager in November 2015 of the Ottawa Fury who play in the North American Soccer League (the USA and Canada's second tier)


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